European Commission offers visa free travel for Bosnian citizens.

By bne IntelliNews May 28, 2010
The European Commission (EC) adopted a proposal which, if approved by the Council of EU Ministers, will enable the citizens of Bosnia, and also of Albania, to travel with biometric passports to the Schengen countries without needing a visa. The proposal depends on the country fulfilling three requirements. These relate to the strengthening of capacities of law enforcement and the effective implementation of the legal framework for the fight against organised crime and corruption, including through the allocation of adequate human and financial resources; to the progressive implementation of the action plan from March 2010 on the establishment of electronic data exchange between police and prosecution bodies; and to the harmonisation of entity level and Brcko District criminal codes with the state-level criminal code. EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom and EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule acknowledged the progress made in improving the passport security, strengthening border controls and reinforcing the institutional framework to fight organised crime and corruption, as well as the substantial progress in the field of external relations and fundamental rights. Still, they expressed hopes that the authorities will continue their efforts in implementing the agreed roadmaps for visa liberalisation and in fulfilling the remaining benchmarks. EC will monitor the progress during the summer and report to the European Parliament and the Council of EU Ministers in order to enable the latter to adopt the proposal in the autumn. Bosnia and Albania have lagged behind Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, which have already been approved for entering the white Schengen list.

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